By Ram Khatry
31 January 2019
Immigration data released by the Australian government has revealed almost fifty percent increase in the number of student visas granted to Nepalese citizens.
In the first six months of the last financial year, only 9,871 Nepalese youths were granted visas to take up various courses in Australia whereas the number for the same period this financial year has gone up to 14,594. The figures include both primary (student) and secondary (dependent) applicants.
Of the total primary applicants this year who were granted visas, 4,792 were female while 6,097 were male Nepalese students. With 5,693 granted visas, 20 to 24 continues to be the biggest age group to study in Australia.
Number of female Nepalese students aspiring to pursue higher studies in Australia has gone up by 43.82% this year compared to the corresponding period last financial year. In financial year 2017/18, only 3,332 female students from Nepal were granted Australian visas while the number has risen to 4,792 in the current financial year.
Around four thousand Nepalese students who were granted visas in the last six months of the current financial year were in Australia while the rest were overseas when their applications were lodged.
The sheer enormity of the education industry in Australia becomes apparent from the fact that a total of 185,447 student visas were granted between July and December, the first six months of the current financial year 2018/19.
China was the biggest source country with 39,601 granted visas while India came second with 29,669. With 14,594, Nepal comes third while Brazil stands fourth with 9,228.
Interestingly, despite being much bigger in size than Nepal, Bangladesh (1741) and Pakistan (3258) are much smaller source countries for the Australian education industry.